#BadMoonRising: End of Day (Hodes Hill #2) by Mae Clair #supernatural #suspense

Happy Hump Day!  My book club is reading the featured novel by today’s author, and we’re meeting this Friday night to discuss it.  It’s a creepy, eerie, raise-the-hairs-on-the-back-of-your-neck read – perfect for this time of year – and although part of a series, it can easily be read as a standalone.  And that cover!  It perfectly captures the tone of the story.  Welcome Mae Clair!

Would you rather walk through a haunted graveyard at midnight or spend the night in a haunted, abandoned house?

Both of these freak me out, but if I had to choose, I’d go with the graveyard. The house would offer more places to hide, but the graveyard would offer more room to run. Plus, there’s a chance someone would hear me screaming, because I’d be shrieking my head off!

Would you rather be a vampire or a werewolf?

Werewolf. Vampires have that sun-sensitivity problem. I love soaking up rays poolside and being a vampire would put a huge damper on that. I don’t think they make a SPF strong enough. Plus, as a werewolf I’d only have to deal with my, er…problem…every 29.5 days.  

Would you rather be part of the X-Files team or Ghostbusters?

X-Files, hands down. I’m a complete wuss when it comes to ghosts and anything of that nature (despite having written books featuring spirits and ghouls). On the flip side, I’m jazzed by the thought of trying to determine if intelligent life exists on other planets. Investigate UFO sightings? Where do I sign up?

If you had the opportunity to live anywhere in the world for a year while writing a book that took place in the same setting, where would you choose?

At first I was tempted to respond with a place I’ve always wanted to visit, like Scotland or Australia. But the more I think, it comes down to a toss up between a cottage in New England or a small tropical island.

What is your favorite cover of all your books?  Why?

Another toss-up. I love Cusp of Night because of the mood it evokes. The cover artist nailed the suggestion I submitted, capturing the streetlamp-lit corner and the alleyway. ­­­­­­I’m also super partial to A Cold Tomorrow. The green cloud on the cover relates to a UFO I saw when I was six. I fictionalized the event and used it in the story.

As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?

A cat. They do things on their own timetable, enjoy curling up in a patch of sunlight, have great night vision, rarely get stressed, and see things we can’t. They also make great companions for writers. I’ve been enchanted with them since I was a kid. My current feline, Raven, is an all-black rescue kitty. She fits right in with all of October’s mysterious fun!

Thanks so much for having me as your guest today, Teri. I look forward to Bad Moon Rising every year!

The past is never truly buried…  

Generations of Jillian Cley’s family have been tasked with a strange duty—tending the burial plot of Gabriel Vane, whose body was the first to be interred in the Hode’s Hill cemetery. Jillian faithfully continues the long-standing tradition—until one October night, Vane’s body is stolen from its resting place. Is it a Halloween prank? Or something more sinister?  

As the descendants of those buried in the church yard begin to experience bizarre “accidents,” Jillian tries to uncover the cause. Deeply empathic, she does not make friends easily, or lightly. But to fend off the terror taking over her town, she must join forces with artist Dante DeLuca, whose sensitivity to the spirit world has been both a blessing and a curse. The two soon realize Jillian’s murky family history is entwined with a tragic legacy tracing back to the founding of Hode’s Hill. To set matters right, an ancient wrong must be avenged…or Jillian, Dante, and everyone in town will forever be at the mercy of a vengeful spirit. 

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66 thoughts on “#BadMoonRising: End of Day (Hodes Hill #2) by Mae Clair #supernatural #suspense

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      1. Haha! Love the OCD definition!

        By the way, I meant to say… And talking to John about his dogs coming over for an interview reminded me I hadn’t… Though I don’t have a cat right now, Raven is welcome to come over to my blog and be interviewed. If she objects to being interviewed by a dog, Mollie the chinchilla or Joshua the degu would be willing to handle her interview. If you’re interested, just check out the “Friends Of Furkid Friday” page on my blog, and it will tell you what to do to get a spot.

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  2. Wow, you’ve seen a U.F.O, Mae? How cool. As you were only six at the time, I wonder if it frightened you as much as it would if you saw another one now? I’ve always thought of seeing a U.F.O as more frightening than seeing a ghost. After all, ghosts were once human or something else we know of. Aliens – we’ve never seen them, so don’t know what they look like, do we?

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    1. Looking back at that moment when I was six, I had no fear at all. It was more of a sense of wonder and enchantment. If I saw a UFO now, I’m sure I would be far more cautious. I think Is still have that sense of wonder—just buried under the wisdom of an adult. It was an amazingly vivid experience, Hugh, and one that has remained with me all of my life.

      As for ghosts–nah. I’ll keep my distance, LOL!

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        1. I’ve done blog posts about it, and I sorta/kinda/quasi filtered some of it into a book I wrote called A Cold Tomorrow. One of the characters in that book (a young boy) sees a UFO. I made it a duplicate of the one I saw as a kid. I really do need to blog about it again because several people have inquired about it! 🙂

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          1. It’s a great subject and I’m sure many of us would be interested to know more. I’d be delighted if you would considered writing a guest blog post about it for publication on my blog. I know many of my readers would love to hear the story of what happened.

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    1. Aw, that’s so sweet of you,John. Such nice compliments 🙂

      And I fully understand the constraints of time, especially when writing and promoting. We need a magic fix for that. Maybe cloning. I’ll have to chat with the UFO group, LOL!

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  3. Mischenko

    Oh, yes, I’m adding this book for sure. That cover looks super creepy! I love it. Interesting answers too, especially regarding being a vampire as a sun-lover. Vampire would be my choice though! 😉

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    1. Hi, Jenn. I’m uber delighted to hear you’re adding the book! I hope you’ll enjoy it. The cover relates to much of the content and action in the story. I wanted moody and creepy, and it’s great to know the artist delivered.

      Thank you so much for interest in my story. It’s a good fit for October and Halloween, as it’s actually set during that time 🙂

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      1. Mischenko

        Thank you! I actually added both books. Hope to find the time to read them soon. I might just go ahead with the second with Teri stating it can be a standalone. 😉

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        1. You have me breaking into a Snoopy/happy dance (I lost the ability to do cartwheels decades ago, LOL).

          Either Cusp of Night or End of Day can be read as standalones, so you should be fine regardless of which book you start with. There are a few characters from Cusp who get mentioned in EoD and or reappear but the focus of the book is on two new leads with an entirely new story.

          Thank you again. You made this author very happy!

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  4. Teri, thanks so much for hosting me today. Bad Moon Rising is a fabulous event. You really go all out in helping promote other authors, and it’s so appreciated. I always discover new books during this event, and I love reading the interviews.

    I had a lot of fun answering your questions, and hope others enjoy the interview as much as I enjoyed participating. You rock!

    P.S…super jazzed about your book club reading End of Day. I hope they’re enjoying the tale!

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    1. Thanks so much, Jacquie. You are so sweet!
      So it sounds like you’d rather avoid UFOs AND ghosts altogether?

      I figure I couldn’t hurt a ghost since they’re already dead, but if I encountered an unfriendly alien, I’d have a chance of coming out the victor, LOL.

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    1. Aww, I love those names. They’re so adorable. You need to write a post featuring them on your blog, Robbie. I would love to see photos. I am so besotted with cats.
      I’m glad you enjoyed the interview!
      P.S….Raven is eying me up as I type this. It’s time for her evening “snackie.” 🙂

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    1. LOL! I think I am a cat at heart, Joan!
      I’m so glad you enjoyed the interview, and also End of Day and Cusp of Night. It’s been so intriguing writing this series. It was my first experience with dual timelines. I found it both challenging and fun!

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  5. I love all your answers, Mae. And I have to say, the cover of Cusp of Night is not only my favorite cover of all your books, it might just be my favorite cover ever. I fell in love with it the second I saw it. (I love the book, too.)

    Teri, as usual, awesome job hosting.

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